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January 2015 showcase

January 2015 showcase

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The Faculty of Humanities will hold its next Teaching and Learning Showcase on Wednesday 14th January 2015 from 10.30am to 3pm in Manchester Business School East. We welcome Professor Derek France (Professor of Pedagogy in Geographical Sciences, University of Chester) who will be the Keynote speaker at the event. There will be a variety of sessions available for participants to attend, ranging from 30-minute presentations to 1-hour workshops. There will be opportunities for questions at the end of each session.

Lunch will be provided for attendees with time provided to network with colleagues from across the Faculty. There will also be a number of stalls providing information and demonstrations pertinent to teaching and learning in Humanities.

The event is organised by Humanities Teaching and Learning Support Services, working to facilitate the enhancement of teaching, learning, assessment and student support. Our staff will be on hand across the event throughout the day to chat to you about toolkits and other resources available, guidance for new academics, policies and QA activity.


Keynote speaker: Professor Derek France, Professor of Pedagogy in Geographical Sciences, University of Chester

"Enhancing Fieldwork Learning with Mobile Technologies"

Mobile technologies are increasingly affordable, and popularity and their use has grown significantly in recent years. Within a higher education learning context, these technologies provide an excellent opportunity to enhance student learning and engage students in research.

As part of the Higher Education Academy Enhancing Fieldwork Learning Project, iPads were just one of many devices, which were used to facilitate mobile learning in the field. The application of this device will be the focus of this presentation. However, different fieldwork environments provide rich information about how students perceive the benefits and drawbacks of using these mobile learning devices.

Primarily, students used the iPads to take photographs, video, browse the web, enter raw data and as a tool to aid reflection, through tweets and short videos. Students reported on the pitfalls (e.g. 3G connection) and practical aspects (e.g. easy to use; saves time) as well as intellectual benefits (e.g. aided real-time fieldwork reflections). Mobile technologies facilitated engagement and group interactions and helped develop graduate level skills such as rapid information gathering, networking, creativity, digital literacies, reflection and independent learning.

Case studies, from Iceland, Spain, Italy and New York field courses will span the breadth of the Geography discipline and provide examples of how students’ learning was facilitated through using these mobile devices.

Other presentations

View all of the other presentations from the showcase and find out more about the stalls in the foyer on the day.

Keynote slides

Download the slides from the presentation in PDF format.

‘Enhancing Fieldwork Learning with Mobile Technologies’ by Prof. Derek France, University of Chester

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